Writing Portfolio

"Self-Portrait" by Mary Farnstrom

Mary has been a freelance writer and illustrator for over a decade, with a focus on creative works. Her earliest work appeared on Yahoo! Contributors before they dismantled the platform. After realizing her passion for the arts, she pursued them throughout her time at Fullerton College and by 2016 found herself studying indigenous languages, anthropology, and linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During her schooling she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key International Honor Societies and regularly volunteered her time at the tutoring center to help students refine their own academic and creative writing endeavors. Her writing has appeared in scholarly magazines, such as Chevening, where her stories speculated how the changes of habitats could affect the planet for future generations. In her spare time, Mary enjoys volunteering at the Fairbanks Art Association, exploring the Last Frontier, and mentoring people who seek her help. Currently she writes at Puzzle Box Horror, where she educates and entertains fans of the horror genre with her articles, short stories, and illustrations.

Mary is an author and a freelance writer, she enjoys taking side-projects to keep herself from getting tired of what her main focus is. Take a look at her current and past work and available publications.

Current Projects


Mary is currently working as a freelance writer for Puzzle Box Horror, which is a website dedicated to all things spooky, creepy, and paranormal. She writes articles and original short stories through this website and more is published every day. Check it out to find Mary’s most recent work!

Personal Projects


This Sci-Fi/Horror/Thriller anthology is geared towards the post-apocalyptic world view, below is a list of all of the pre-publication releases that have been posted as a preview of the content.


As an Alaskan, the author has been compiling the real life stories of people who are Alaskan through and through, whether they were born in the state, or just embody the spirit of the Last Frontier. The below list of stories are the stories that have been chosen to be published as a preview for the publication that is set to be released in the summer of 2020.

  • The Barfly
  • The Clerk (coming soon)
  • The Mechanic (coming soon)
  • The Veteran (coming soon)
  • The Pipeliner (coming soon)

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